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Lancashire colliery regeneration gets green light

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A former colliery site in Lancashire is to be regenerated as part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) National Coalfields Programme

The HCA has given the green light for a new spine road to be built to the former Bickershaw Colliery site in Leigh and for reclamation work to begin.

The colliery closed in 1992, but now the land, which is owned by the North-west Regional Development Agency, will be transformed using £19 million offering ‘a major boost to the economy of Leigh’.

As part of the long-term Bickershaw South project 650 new homes will be built on the land, a 40-berth canal-boat marina and 2,600m² of employment space, including bars and restaurants.

Later phases of the plans include a country park, 18-hole golf course, driving range and an outdoor activity centre at Bickershaw North, known as The Rushes. The masterplan for the reclamation and regeneration of the 256ha site was initially drawn up by environmental consultants and landscape architects TEP. FPCR have taken the lead masterplanning and landscape architect role since April 2007 supported by Scott Wilson engineers and environmental consultants.

Bickershaw South was announced as a Carbon Challenge site in November 2007 - a government initiative aimed at accelerating the building industry’s response to the 2016 target for all new housing to be zero carbon. To help achieve this, a 2MW wind turbine is proposed to provide energy for the development.

Earlier this year, designs for the site’s Visitors’ Centre by Maccreanor Lavington we put on display in Leigh town hall.

NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead said: ‘With the release of this funding, we will be able to fully develop the site and create an attractive prospect at Bickershaw for future private investors.’


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